Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Want to Look and Feel Like a Spring Chicken?

Look no further, because this is the book for you!

Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (or Die Trying) by Bill Gifford is an interesting look at how people all around the world are constantly in search for the secret elixir, or perhaps a magic spring (Tuck Everlasting anyone?). From the Suzanne Somers diet and extreme supplement regimens, to anti-aging clinics, caloric restriction, or even just subjecting yourself to cold showers for the rest of your life.

Cold showers every day wouldn’t be the way I’d like to live my last years…

Bill Gifford doesn’t just explore the fads of anti-aging, but also dives into medical research about how we can prevent the top four aging diseases: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. He also takes a look at people around the world who have lived past the age of 100, trying to figure out why some people make it to those extreme ages and what about their genetics prevents them from succumbing to the ailments seen in the vast majority of our older society.

If you are really hoping to find a way to stay young forever, this book won’t give you that answer. But, it will give you fascinating insights into the aging process, and anti-aging strategies that may help slow down the process and help you look and feel like a spring chicken.

Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers blog.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Rest is Still Unwritten

Now, we're not going to be talking about that Unwritten (you know you love that Natasha Bedingfield song!), but I have started a new-to-me graphic novel series called The Unwritten by Mike Carey, and I am hooked! Tommy Taylor is the book series that's all the rage with the world at large. It's all about magic spells, good versus evil, and child wizards, led by the fearless boy wizard Tommy Taylor who must defeat his arch nemesis, Count Ambrosio.

......Wait a minute....Doesn't that sound like a story we've all already read; a boy wizard destined to save wizard-kind from an evil doer? Harry Potter anyone?

Back to the review, the character Tommy Taylor is based off of the author's son Tom. This fact has made the real Tom, now an adult, a much praised public figure. The story begins with a press conference, at which Tom is accused by an audience member of not actually being the author's son, but an imposter riding on the coattails of his fame. This can't be verified by the author himself because he has been in hiding for the past few years. This means Tom has to run from the angry mobs, to his childhood home, where he starts to learn dark secrets. Fiction and reality begin to blend, and Tom finds out that he is actually a little closer to the character Tommy Taylor than he thought he was. 

Overall, I'm really enjoying the series so far. It's entertaining, while making a great statement about how the public can great caught up in a book series, blending their favorite characters into their daily lives and bringing them to life.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

“Your Body is a Lock. Death is the Key. “

Want to read something slightly creepy that will keep you on the edge of your seat? Look no further, I have the perfect graphic novel series for you!Locke & Key, written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, tells the story of the Locke family, starting with a literal bang when the patriarch of the family is brutally murdered by a student at the school he worked in.

The Lockes then move from sunny California back to the old Locke home in Lovecraft, Massachusetts, Keyhouse. There, the three children, Bode, Kinsey, and Tyler, find themselves mixed up with the grief of the loss of their father, the mystery behind why he was killed, and the strange goings-on in Keyhouse and the town. The house contains many keys, all of which have different powers, powers only the kids can see. Some of the powers are fun, and certain keys unlock dangerous evil into Lovecraft. Read the battle between good and evil, kids and demons, in this fast paced series.

To read the whole series in order, click the links below:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Books About Librarians...Recommended by a Librarian!

A coworker and I were talking about how we had come across a lot of books with librarians as characters or as the main topic. Of course, this made me curious to find even more, so you’ll find below a list of books all about librarians, brought to you by librarians!
free for all dewey decimasl in the stacks
world's strongest librarian jade dragon mountaion ice queen
World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne
Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart
The Ice Queen by Alice Hoffman
open season this book is overdure the borrower
Open Season by Linda Howard
This Book Is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson
The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai
the giant's house time traveler's wife quiet please
The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
running the books book of speculation rex libria
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
Rex Libris: I, Librarian by James Turner

This post originally posted on my library's Heights Matchmaker's blog.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Books on Display: Dying for a Good Mystery?

These books are from a mystery display I did earlier in the year. Our customers really like mystery books, so I made a display with books containing the words "die, dead, death, and dying" in the title, for a fun pun on words!

 Dead Head by Rosemary Harris

See Delphi and Die by Lindsey Davis

The Ways of the Dead by Neeley Tucker

The Last Dead Girl by Harry Dolan

Left for Dead by J.A. Jance

Death in the Floating City by Tasha Alexander

Dead Weight by Susan Rogers Cooper


A Pizza to Die For by Chris Cavendar

Who Buries the Dead by C. S. Harris

 Peter Pan Must Die by John Verdon

Thursday, September 3, 2015


“An entire life devoted to a fishbowl will make one die an old fish with not one adventure had.”-Ian the Goldfish

Fishbowl, by Bradley Somer, begins with Ian, a goldfish who’s taking on a new adventure. He is currently plummeting to the ground after falling out of his fishbowl on the twenty-seventh floor. As he falls, he flashes by many people’s windows, and we the readers get to know more about their stories. There’s Conner, the grad student who has a new girlfriend, Katie, and a few flings on the side. Garth, who has a secret he’s been keeping for a long time, revealed after receiving a special delivery. Claire, the agoraphobic who never leaves her house and has a shocking job. Petunia Delilah, who is almost full term and going crazy being on bed rest. Danny, Petunia Delilah’s boyfriend and construction worker with a wandering eye. Herman, a child who believes he travels through time. Lastly, Jimenez, the super and amateur elevator maintenance man. Each of these apartment dwellers goes on a journey, goes out of their comfort zone, all within the short time span right before Ian the goldfish begins to fall, and during his descent. Each chapter flashes back and forth between the characters, all of whom are mimicking Ian’s descent, taking that next step towards their own adventures.

Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers Blog.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Read Harder Challenge

I am a big fan of reading challenges. Every year I do the Goodreads Challenge, where you set a goal for how many books you want to read that year, and it keeps track for you. I’ve already completed my goal for that challenge this year, so I went searching for a new reading goal. The website Book Riot, a great website all about books, has their own challenge called the Read Harder Challenge. It lists 24 reading goals for people to check off. I really like their reading goal choices, because if you try to reach all 24 goals, you’ve read pretty widely in terms of genre, time, culture, and types of publishing. Below you’ll find the complete list from Book Riot, along with suggested reads for each category. Maybe you can use some of these (either the goals or the books) as suggestions for when you pick up your next great read!
A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25- The Tiger’s Wife by Téa Obreht
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65- Dear Life by Alice Munro
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)- Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unreadby Chuck Palahniuk
A book published by an indie press- A Girl Is A Half-formed Thingby Eimear McBride
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ- Outlaw Marriagesby Rodger Streitmatter
outlaw marriages last bus to widsom patriotism wizard of the crow
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own-Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig OR The Girl From the Garden by Parnaz Foroutan
A book that takes place in Asia- Patriotism by Yukio Mishima
A book by an author from Africa- Wizard of the Crow by Ngũgĩ wa Thiongʼo
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)- Carpentaria by Alexis Wright
carperntaria telling room paperweight the martian
A YA novel- Paperweight by Meg Haston
A sci-fi novel- The Martian by Andy Weir
A romance novel- Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade- The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)- The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
An audiobook- Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
A collection of poetry- Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
A book that someone else has recommended to you- A Man Called Oveby Fredrik Backman
A book that was originally published in another language- Notes from Underground by Fydor Dostoyevsky
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind-Revival by Tim Seeley
dog songs  man called ove   notes from underground  revival
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure- The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
A book published before 1850- Lady Susan by Jane Austen
A book published this year- So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)- How to Be Parisian Wherever You Areby Anne Berest
husband's secret lady susan so you've been publicly shamed how to be a parisian
Originally written for the Heights Matchmakers Blog.